Gymtimidation: The feeling of intimidation or anxiety when at the gym. This feeling is common and often felt by newcomers. Here are some ways to overcome it:
1. Have a Workout Plan
Before you go the gym make sure you know what exercises you want to do. Many people come to the gym without a workout plan, and just end up wandering around. This can make them feel self-conscious and unsure of what to do.
2. Educate Yourself
People are often intimidated in the gym because they don’t feel like they know what they’re doing. So, educating yourself can make a big difference. Here’s a summary of research on strength training that could serve as a good starting point. Hiring a personal trainer (if you can afford it) can also help.
3. Go with a Friend
When I first started working out I felt oddly lonely and weird working out around people I didn’t know. It made me feel self-conscious. When I started working out with a friend, I felt better and I enjoyed my workouts more. So having someone with you should help.
4. Have an Awesome Playlist
Music can make a difference! Going into the gym with music that motivates you can keep you focused and improve your workout. Experiment with different music and find something that works for you.
5. Don’t Worry About the Other People
This may be the biggest reason why people suffer from gymtimidation. Worrying about what others think is something that everyone experiences. However, this should not hinder or even stop you from working out. Exercising is something that you do for yourself, not others. It also helps to remember that most people at the gym are only focused on themselves.
All of these points should help kill gymtimidation. But if you still feel uncomfortable during your workout, try going at a different (less crowded) time, or even look into other gyms. Good luck!